Listen to Environmental influence on genomics and health impacts of alcohol52:293 April 2022

Sarah Cohen-Woods, a Professor of Psychology at Flinders University, talks about the interaction of our genetics with the environment and explores the question of why some people who have a genetic disposition for certain illnesses might and might not develop these illnesses. Dr Cohen-Woods is particularly interested in how stress influences our genes. Her research shows that while our genetic risk factors can be influenced by environmental factors (and vice versa), we can do a lot to improve the outcomes. Second guest Amy Pennay from La Trobe University talks about the changes in alcohol consumption in Australia and the new sober curious movement. And the team talk about ‘safe’ levels of alcohol consumption (spoiler, the level is 0) and the health impacts alcohol can have. And the team explore extinct (or not?) orchids, CO2 filter membranes, science collaboration in the time of war, and the No-tell experiment. With presenters Dr. Shane, Dr Ray, Dr Staci, and Dr Linden.

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The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.